Monday, April 14, 2008

Found in Translation

The new Bloc Quebecois slogan translates to “Here for Quebec”. Not bad. It’s no “un parti proper au Quebec” (one of the greatest slogans ever) but it’s passable.

However, rather than translate, I’d stick with the French original in English because it works oh so well: “Présent pour le Québec”. An Anglo looking at that and seeing “present for Quebec” would be forgiven for believing the Bloc had just launched the most brutally honest slogan in the history of Canadian politics.



  • It'll take more than a nifty slogan for the Bloc to do well in the upcoming election, looking more than likely by June by the looks of it. 5 elections since their inception and now well past their best before date. Plus they're selling a product that no one wants to buy at present.

    The PQ can put sovereignty on the back burner as they vie for government status in Quebec - but the BQ don't have that alternative open to them. They have got to hope that they can save the furniture in the next election, and that's about it. They'll be happy if they come out with 25 seats.

    By Anonymous andrew, at 6:40 PM  

  • The current party standings in the House of Commons are as follows:

    Cons 127

    Libs 96

    Bloc 48

    NDP 30

    Ind 4

    Vacant 3

    So I predict that the BQ will lose half their seats.

    By Anonymous andrew, at 6:55 PM  

  • Bad slogans are more interesting than good ones. Some crap ones I can think of include...

    "Are you thinking what we're thinking?"
    That was Conservative leader Michael Howard's slogan against Blair in 2005. It managed to suggest a hidden agenda, while also being easily turned around (since most Britons were... you know... not thinking what Howard was thinking).

    Trudeau's "The Land is Strong" is another fine entry from his 1972 near-defeat, which reduced him to a minority.

    Hampton's "Don't get mad get Orange" similarly sucked. Firstly Orange is not a pun on anything, it just happens to be a two-syllable word. Secondly, it only emphasizes the fact that the NDP entered Canadian politics too late to get one of the good colours.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 6:58 PM  

  • "Here for Alberta" would have been a great one too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 PM  

  • @anon 9:28: Ya, I like that one the best!

    By Anonymous Trevor, at 9:46 PM  

  • how about "change that works for Albertans", with the caveat that it was used by a government in power for 37 years.

    By Anonymous Justin, at 11:06 PM  

  • you ever get the feeling someone is present but not really doing anything productive, like me during most of my bachelor's degree...

    present for Quebec...but not really doing anything...

    By Blogger Antonio, at 3:23 AM  

  • Their 2004 slogan was clever, but this is lame. Hardly inspiring, but rather more like something you utter at a roll call. A slogan designed to save the furniture, to echo Andrew's comments. A little lame, but apposite for the times - I'll give it a B-.

    By Anonymous the athenian, at 7:06 AM  

  • yes Athenian thats it

    The Bloc Quebecois, "Acting like the Furniture since 1990."

    By Blogger Antonio, at 8:52 AM  

  • "present for Quebec"

    Perhaps they're contrasting themselves with the Liberal Party's voting habits? ;)

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 8:58 AM  

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